These days, more families are becoming multi-TV households, and consumers are upgrading their electronics more often. What results is a lot of television sets that might be bound for the landfill. Luckily, Texas has a law that makes it very easy for people to recycle or dispose of their television sets in an environmentally friendly way. Here are four ways to dispose of an old TV that are both easy and healthy for the environment.
1. Go Back to Your TV’s Manufacturer/Retailer
In Texas, manufacturers and electronics stores are required by law to accept and recycle old television sets, which prevents hazardous materials such as lead and mercury from leaching into the ground in a landfill. Also, components from used television sets can be recycled into new sets, allowing the manufacturer to reuse old parts instead of mining, transporting, and processing raw materials to make more televisions, which can have a larger carbon footprint. Most manufacturers offer free mail-back programs that are as easy as printing out shipping labels. On the other hand, retail stores require TVs to be dropped off in person. You can visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) website for a list of participating manufacturers and retailers.
2. Hire a Junk Removal Service
Junk removal services can haul away your old television sets, electronics, and household appliances, all of which might require additional steps for proper appliance disposal. Unlike the first option, this one isn’t free. However, some people might find a junk removal service worth it if they don’t have the time or patience to haul away their own junk or educate themselves on proper disposal or they simply want the convenience of someone coming to their house for a pickup.
3. Take It to a Recycling Facility for Electronics
Thanks to the proliferation of electronics in our current age, there’s no shortage of recycling facilities that specialize in electronics. These facilities accept televisions, computers, cell phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and more. For individuals and schools dropping off their own equipment, the service is free. Some facilities may require businesses with bulk drop-offs to pay a fee. The TCEQ website also maintains a list of electronics recycling services in Texas with all the details you might need to recycle your old television set.
4. Donate It
If your old TV is still in working condition, consider donation instead of disposal. Donating your TV ensures it stays out of the landfill. It can also help an organization in need or bring happiness to its new owners. A thrift shop that accepts donations is the perfect place to drop off an old working TV set.
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